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General Education Requirements

Lower Division General Education Requirements

As a CityU student enrolled in Undergraduate degree programs you must complete a foundation of General Education courses as part of your degree. The foundational courses are intended to provide you with a breadth of knowledge to complements your major area of study. General Education is also designed to give you choice to explore a wide range of new subjects, or go deep’ in an area of interest

The University requires all candidates for undergraduate degrees to satisfy the following minimum general education requirements (Year 1 and Year 2):

General Education Requirements (15 semester credits/25 quarter credits)

Humanities -15 credits

The humanities focus on the reflection and interpretation of the human experience. Through the development of knowledge and skills in critical reading, logical thought and aesthetic appreciation, courses examine the human environment with particular attention to diverse heritage, traditions, and cultures.

  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • English
  • Film/Cinema
  • Foreign Languages
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Religion
  • Speech
  • Theatre/Drama
  • Theology
Social Science – 15 credits

Social sciences and history study individuals and society and the processes individuals use to order and understand their world. The social sciences focus on theories that explain verifiable phenomena of individual and group human behavior, using the scientific method. History is the systematic study of people and events in the past.

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Ethnics Studies
  • Geography
  • Government
  • History
  • International Students
  • Labor Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Political Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning
  • Women’s Studies

A minimum grade of C is required

Natural Science and Mathematics – 15 credits

The natural sciences are those branches of science that examine the natural world through scientific methods and are measured by quantitative data. There are five major branches of the natural sciences: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics.

Mathematics is the study of patterns, often relating to quantity, space, and change, within a foundation of logic. Core branches of mathematics include but are not limited to: algebra, geometry, analysis (which includes calculus) and applied mathematics (which includes probability and statistics).

A minimum grade of C is required

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Business Math
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Life Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Nautical Science
  • Oceanography
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Physical Geography
  • Physical Sciences
College Writing (with a research paper) – 5 credits
  • English Composition II
  • English Research Paper
  • Expository Writing
  • Written Expression
College Math – 5 credits
  • Business Calculus
  • Calculus
  • College Algebra
  • College Math
  • Finite Math
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Trigonometry
Electives – 35 credits

Note: Must be a 100 or higher courses and grade 2.0/C or higher to transfer or CLEP and AP Tests (score of 3 or better)

The remaining credits can be in any lower division electives. A grade of 2.0/C or higher is required for the course to transfer. CityU also accepts credits earned through passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.  Our advising team will work with you to get your transcripts, evaluate the coursework you have completed, and discuss how your prior education applies to our program.

If you have completed 60 semester credits (90 quarter credits) but are missing specific requirements as listed above, you may still successfully apply to the BAM program.  You would be required to complete these specific requirements, in addition to the BAM upper division courses, before you would be eligible to graduate with your BAM degree.

If you have completed less than 60 semester credit hours (90 quarter credits) and have significant work experience, you may be eligible to receive course credit for your work experience through a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). If this applies to you, please review our information sheet for more details. Not applicable for International Students.

CityU also accepts credits earned through passing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams.

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